transcription from jonimitchell.com


A Strange Boy

Guitar chords transcribed by Howard Wright and Marian Russell
Tuning: DACGAD   "Joni" Tuning: D73725

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1st verse:

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A strange boy is       weaving a 


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course of grace and 


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havoc on a      yellow skateboard 


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         through midday sidewalk 


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traffic 


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Just when I think he's 


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foolish and childish 


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       and I want him to be 


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manly   I   catch my fool and my 


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child needing love and 


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understanding 


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what a strange   strange boy 


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         He still lives with his family 


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even the war and the     Navy 


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Couldn't bring him to ma-       turity 
  

Additional verses: 

He keeps referring back to school days 
And clinging to his child 
Fidgeting and bullied 
His crazy wisdom holding onto somthing wild 
He asked me to be patient 
Well I failed 
"Grow up!" I cried 
And as the smoke was clearing, he said 
"Give me one good reason why!" 
What a strange, strange boy 
He sees the cars as sets of waves 
Sequences of mass and space 
He sees the damage in my face 

We got high on travel 
And we got drunk on alcohol 
And on love the strongest poison and medicine of all 
See how that feeling comes and goes 
Like the pull of moon on tides 
Now I am surf rising 
Now parched ribs of sand at his side 
What a strange, strange boy 
I gave him clothes and jewelry 
I gave him my warm body 
I gave him power over me 

A thousand glass eyes were staring 
In a cellar full of antique dolls 
I found an old piano 
And sweet chords rose up in waxed New England halls 
While the borders were snoring 
Under crisp white sheets of curfew 


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We were newly lovers then   We were 


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fire in the stiff-blue-haired 


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house rules 


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Repeat intro and fade out 
  

© 1976 Crazy Crow Music (BMI)

 

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